Huskies squander lead, but rally for win
LEWISTOWN – The Mid-Penn Commonwealth field hockey game between Mifflin County and Chambersburg was a close affair on the scoreboard.
It shouldn’t have been.
The Huskies dominated the first half and the stat sheet but let the Trojans come back before a Jordi Attick goal with 11:59 left in the contest gave the home team the 3-2 victory on Tuesday afternoon.
Attick got the ball in front of the net, fired off a shot that was blocked by keeper Caitlyn Sechrist, fought for the rebound and put it in the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
“Jordi is one of our drop-back inners. She’s a workhorse. She works so hard to get that ball to the forwards. She doesn’t get enough credit,” Mifflin County coach Ashley Suydam said. “I want to recognize Halle Kerstetter also. She’s been playing great for us. She plays the left-back inner. Her and Jordi work very hard to get the ball up to the forwards. I was so happy Jordi was able to be recognized today by getting the goal.”
Mifflin County (6-1, 4-1) came out and dominated the first half . The Huskies out-shot the Trojans 12-0 and won the corners 8-0 in the first 30 minutes, taking a 2-0 lead into the break.
“We came out much better in the first half today than we did against Carlisle. We came out with more intensity. Our passing combos were getting to the sidelines like we needed to and we played with greater intensity than we normally do,” Suydam said. “I was pleased with how we played in the first half. It was our best half of the season so far.”
Hailee Sheetz scored her tenth goal of the season at the 18:56 mark. The Husky freshman broke free on the left side, dribbled to the middle and scored the unassisted goal, threading it into the right corner of the net.
Keni Kahley made it 2-0 when she took the nice feed from Lydia Hidlay and ripped a scorcher for the goal with 10:11 to go in the first half.
“Hailee and Keni have been great on the wings for us. We are excited we were able to distribute the ball a little more today than we have the past few games,” Suydam said. “We have some injuries and right now. Abby (Moon) is out and we are super young even more so than before. We have three freshman, three sophomores, three juniors and two seniors on the field. There’s a lot of inexperience on varsity right now and that’s one of the struggles we’re dealing with.”
The second half was the complete opposite of the first. The Huskies came out flat and allowed Chambersburg (1-5, 0-5) to claw its way back in the game.
Jayden Seilhamer tallied back-to-back goals for the Trojans to tie it up at 2-all. The first came in 18:47 on an assist from Carly Benedict. The second goal happened in 13:01 off of a pass from Kenzie Boyd.
“I wasn’t happy with the second half. I don’t know what happened. Chambersburg played tough and were more aggressive on the ball in the second half and that makes a huge difference,” Suydam said. “We should have been motivated from the start. It’s something we need to work on.”
The Huskies out-shot Chambersburg 18-4 and won the corners 19-5. Kahley and Sheetz each had six shots to lead Mifflin County. Sechrist stopped 14 shots for the visitors, while Coletta Beeler turned away two for the Huskies.
Mifflin County hosts Cumberland Valley on Friday, September 20.
Mifflin County 3, Chambersburg 2
MC-Hailee Sheetz (unassisted), 18:56, Keni Kahley (Lydia Hidlay), 10:11.
C-Jayden Seilhamer (Carly Benedict), 18:47, Seilhamer (Kenzie Boyd), 13:01.
MC-Jordi Attick (unassisted), 11:59.
Shots: MC 18-4. Corners: MC 19-5. Saves: C-14 (Caitlyn Sechrist); MC-2 (Coletta Beeler)